The Best and Worst Financial Advice Found in Songs
Have you ever taken a piece of financial advice from a song? Maybe you did it without even realizing. Here are a few of the best and worst songs when it comes to financial advice.
Barenaked Ladies – If I had a million dollars (If I had a million dollars) / I’d buy you an exotic pet (Like a llama or an emu)
If you suddenly come into a million dollars I can recommend not blowing part of it on llamas or emus. As exotic pets go these aren’t particularly pricey animals but why would you want one anyway? I recently wrote about the problems caused by Mike Tyson’s extravagant spending on nonsense like a Bengali tiger and you don’t want to follow his lead, do you?
The Beatles – Mean Mister Mustard sleeps in the park /Shaves in the dark trying to save paper / Sleeps in a hole in the road / Saving up to buy some clothes / Keeps a ten bob note up his nose
It seems that the gentleman in this song is a bit short of cash. However, as saving tactics go, shaving in the dark isn’t really a great move. I’m not even sure why this would save paper anyway. Bank accounts are generally safer places for your cash then in your nasal passages (a ten bob note is an old type of UK money).
Busta Rhymes -Floss a little / invest up in a mutual fund
I have to say that I am not entirely aware of the full Busta Rhymes musical repertoire. However, I am impressed by how he deftly covers both dental and financial matters in the song Dangerous. Of course, flossing regularly will save you on trips to the dentist as well as giving you a nicer smile, so this advice is a winner all round. That is, unless flossing is particularly hideous rap slang for something like shooting people in the neck instead of cleaning your teeth.
Madonna – Cause the boy with the cold hard cash /is always Mister Right
Am I the only person who hates the song Material girl by Madonna? The financial wisdom she dispenses here is that anyone with lots of money is a good potential partner. That doesn’t sound all that great to me. What if you meet a rich guy (or girl) who wastes his money on llamas or is so mean that his nose is stuffed full of his savings? Sure, if it is a sensible dude like Mr Busta Rhymes you are fine, but choosing life partners purely because of financial status is a risky game.
The Rolling Stones – You can’t always get what you want / But if you try sometimes you might find / you get what you need
This isn’t strictly speaking financial advice but I have included it because it makes a lot of sense in many different situations. If you try and aim for something that you want but don’t need (dare I mention llamas again?) then you might not get it. However, life has a way of giving you what you really need if you try to get it.
Notorious B.I.G. – It’s like the more money we come across / the more problems we see
I am going to make another foray into the world of rap here, to see what a chap called Notorious B.I.G. has to say on his song Mo Money Mo Problems. This isn’t straight financial advice but we can extrapolate some advice out of it. Basically, our rapping buddy is telling us that the more money you have the more problems you can find. This can definitely be true at times and you should make sure that you adapt your lifestyle and expectations as your income and savings grow. At least, I think that’s what he means.
What other songs give out financial advice worth mentioning?